Losin' Our Pants

I realize that some of you out there think that I’m a bit nuts for whimpering about our recent weather.   In many areas of the country, ninety-five degrees is considered “normal”.  (I pity you poor souls…but not as much as I pitied myself this weekend!)  Here in Seattle, it just doesn’t get that hot. Our homes are built to bring in the light and retain the heat.  Nobody has air conditioning here.

My game plan to keep the house cool was to open all the windows at night to cool things off as much as possible.  During the day, all the windows were closed up tight and covered with blankets to keep the searing hot air out.   This only managed to keep the house temperature down to a barely tolerable eighty-six degrees.

There is something about all that heat that made our pants fall off.  Nope, I have no idea why this would happen.  Yet, I as I blearily looked around at my family we were all spread out in the dark cave  we had created wearing just our T-shirts and underwear.   At least we were until KT asked if one of her friends could come over and hang out for a while.   Grudgingly I gave her permission and we all went in search of a our britches.  (After all, it’s only polite to be fully dressed when guests come over)

An hour or so later, the kids were downstairs watching television while I was snuggling up as close as I dared to the fan upstairs.  All of  a sudden I heard a huge bellow followed by embarrassed laughter. 

It turned out that Shaun had emerged from Karazhan and had decided to sneak out and try to scare the girls.  (Shaun has a thing about trying to scare us…we usually just tell him that he scared the rats out of us….whether he did or not…just to make him happy)  He had silently crept down the hall and burst in to the room shouting “Ta DA!” at the top of his lungs.

It was then that he realized there was an extra kid in the room.   My swift-minded husband leaped back out of the room before anyone had a chance to realize that the shorts he was wearing were really his boxers.  (Oops, I guess we forgot to tell him to get dressed)

Fortunately our “excessive heat warning” is now over with. (Oddly it has been replaced by thunderstorm and hail warnings…strange summer we are having).   We are at a very refreshing sixty-three degrees.  Still…if you decide you want to visit,  you might want to call first. 

I’m just sayin’….

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29 Responses to Losin' Our Pants

  1. Patsy Ann says:

    Pictures! Where are the pictures! You cried and scolded me until I made my pictures big, bigger and still bigger to make you happy. Yet I see no pictures! Serves Shaun right! Did it scare KT’s friend?

  2. What a funny story. The mental images are priceless.

  3. Hilary says:

    I guess his underwear stint was rather.. ummm brief! 😉 Funny story, Susan. 🙂

  4. Susan says:

    Mom~You want to see pictures of us running around in our skivvies? That’s so NOT going to happen! (I’m very pleased that you made your pics bigger though!)

    Ruth~Um…ok LOL

    Hilary~ I so wish I had your punny talent….I’ll just have to enjoy it.

  5. Peace says:

    I won’t mention the 112 in Vegas last week, cuz at least we had A/C and I know what’s it’s like when the electricity goes out and it’s 80-90 degrees at night….MISERABLE!!!

    So, I thought I was doing so good getting out of Vegas and going with my husband on tour, but now we are in Tampa where Hurricane Fay is supposed to hit tomorrow! Weather, joke it if you can’t take a ….screw!

  6. Jay says:

    If I were up there in that situation I would spend the entire day hanging out at the library or the mall with the homeless people, where there is air conditioning. And then at night I would go to the movies. But, I would probably be wearing my pants in those places. Probably.

  7. Jocelyn says:

    I’m the perfect audience to feel for you, as our town is basically non-air-conditioned, too. Oooooh, honey.

    What a HIGH-larious post!

  8. Tofu Mom says:

    Love it!!
    We’ve been hanging out in our skivvies too until the paperboy came around to collect and I had to answer the door in a bath-towel “skirt”… lovely.

    At least it IS cooling down.

  9. fiwa says:

    Heehee… that’s what he gets for trying to scare them.
    I’m so glad that hot is behind us. It’s bad when it’s cooler outside than it is inside. That’s just not right!

    I’m actually enjoying the thunderstorms, as long as they don’t get too close. 🙂

  10. Becky says:

    Yep. It’s hot as all get out here in Chicago, but we all have central air. I cannot imagine life without it.

  11. Mrs. G. says:

    I figured it must have been hot while we were gone. All my potted outdoor plants have croaked.

  12. lynne says:

    95 is not nice without air conditioning! You did all the right things to keep cool. On nights when it’s cool outside but the house is still holding the higher temps we put the fan in the window and blow all that cool air in. Next day, close the windows as soon as it starts to heat up.

    Hope you’ve cooled down by now. And hey, boxer could be a stand in for real shorts, really, they could.

  13. Patti says:

    Ha, the VA library neglected to block this Website. I love your sunflowers. It was in the mid 90’s the other day and Brandon stripped when we got home from school. Naturally, the doorbell rang Brandon bolted outside naked. The Obama people who were at the door didn’t stay long. Just long enough to watch me chase my naked kid around the yard. His brother thought it was hilarious. At least I didn’t have to talk politics.

  14. I wrote virtually this same post in June. Minus the half-naked screaming husband!

  15. Pamela says:

    I love my air conditioning.

    I see kids wearing their boxer shorts out in public — so I suppose no one would have thought anything about it.

  16. Rhonda says:

    I am in the heart of Georgia. The key is in how u dress. Don’t wear synthetics. Don’t wear sleeves. Keep the air moving. If u are outside, put on the bathing suit and get the hose. Of course, inside………well , become a nudist.

  17. Melanie says:

    I’m the same way- I hate the hot, hot weather. I also hate the snow…. so……

    Bring on fall!!

  18. Ann says:

    I know!!! The weirdness in the weather around these parts lately!! I never say this either, but I was happy to welcome the cold front. THAT was a few HOT damn days!!!!

  19. 95 without air is a bit of a stretch. at least the poor guy had boxers on instead of briefs!! (love the new sunny banner!)

  20. LeeAnn says:

    I came back to Seattle from Indianapolis this weekend. It was cooler in Indy than it was here upon my return. Something just isn’t right with that picture, eh? God it’s hot! ~Lee

  21. Dorky Dad says:

    “Excessive heat warnings?” For 95 degrees? Wow. We don’t even have that in Minnesota.

    Lots of thunderstorm and hail warnings, though.

  22. Maura says:

    I hate heat, too. Ninety-five is HOT, no matter what anyone says. Whine away, dear!

  23. Cheryl says:

    How funny! We’ve had our coolest August in over 20 years. It’s been delightful! Your heat wave made a good memory, thanks to the boxers!

  24. Cazzie says:

    Excessive heat warning? What is that? LOL We are in Winter still, today was supposed to be a nice day and still the wind was icy..bring on Spring 🙂

  25. i feel your pain. i grew up on a ranch in the mountains. live in colorado now, but when i was in virginia, i thought that i was going to die from may thru september!

    -jeanne (aka mama waples)

  26. Amanda D says:

    I laughed outloud for this post. Thanks! We’re just a few hours south of you and when it was 95 there it was 105 here. I complained in one post about the 96 degree soccer game we went to and was told that I am a wimp. But, I’ll tell you, the humid 95 here is way hotter that the dry 95 in Utah.

    Still laughing! Thanks.

  27. Karina says:

    This made me laugh out loud. Oh, and the heat you’ve been getting? It’s usually the heat we get out here in New England, but has been NOWHERE to be found. Our August has been more like fall. Go figure!

  28. Our remote area we live in does allow for more informal attire and our oldest daughter is out of the house. I still don’t parade around in my boxers due to my midlife crisis and lack of time to be a physical attribute, but I do appreciate boxers as a cooler way to get through the hotter days.
    Stop by my site. I am running for public office. 🙂 NLM

  29. Molly says:

    I hope that your weather has improved. The weather has been a little warm this weekend, but I am grateful for the unusually mild summer.